The WFISD school board is narrowing its scope, and will move forward with a plan that includes two comprehensive high schools and a career and technology center, to be propose in a bond for the may election.
That means Wichita Falls and Rider high school's would consolidate, and Hirschi's campus would receive some improvements.
The school board has been focused on a concept, "Newer and fewer."
It's what led them to consolidate Zundy and Barwise and close two elementary schools.
Now they hope it will be the answer to get a bond passed for the may election.
The WFISD has spent hours meeting, listening to community groups, and discussing how to create a more efficient school system.
After a poll was taken, school board members are leaning towards a plan with two comprehensive high schools and a Career Technology Education center or CTE.
But, those two high schools would not be equal size.
Superintendent Dr. John Frossard says not only would it cost too much to build two schools accommodating 1900 students, but there is concern that students wanting a smaller environment would move to neighboring districts.
“I think it's important to give some parents some choice. Some parents and students want a smaller school environment and I think it's beneficial to offer that,” he said.
Dr. Frossard says the CTE center would be where students could get an industry certification and wouldn't necessarily mean those students go straight into the workforce.
And they could even partner with Vernon college for vocational courses.
“We have already been in discussion with Vernon about what labs and facilities they have that are vacant during the day, that we can potentially use because we don't want to spend taxpayer money and build duplicate labs when they have some that we can use,” Frossard said.
He says they can save even more tax dollars by more consolidation, addressing up to half of the district's facility needs without spending a dime.
“Now if we move sixth grade up to our junior highs through this bond then we have the potential to consolidate and close two to four additional elementary schools, not our newer ones, not our good condition ones, but our poor condition ones, so potentially we can save $90 to $120 million,” he said.
The school board plans to meet several times next week.
They plan to discuss the approximate size of the schools, their location, and putting a price tag on the entire project.
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